Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 24, 2016

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DATE CHANGE: Hwy 61 traffic lane shift in Forest Lake begins March 29

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 61 in Forest Lake will encounter a single lane in both directions when traffic is shifted to the east side of the road on Tuesday, March 29, weather permitting.

Beginning at 7 a.m., southbound Highway 61 traffic between the north intersection of Hwy 97/ Scandia Trail N and 202nd Street will be shifted to the left lane of northbound Highway 61. Northbound Highway 61 will use the right lane.

Southbound Hwy 61 motorists trying to go eastbound on the north intersection of Hwy 97 will be directed to take the signed detour of 210th Street to Goodview Avenue. Northbound Hwy 61 traffic going eastbound on the north intersection of Hwy 97 will be allowed until June 10.  After that date, motorists will be detoured to 210th St to Goodview Ave.

The lane closures are needed while crews finish constructing the roundabouts. The lanes will reopen by late August.

All work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution and slowdown in work zones.

The work is part of a larger project to replace traffic signals at the north and south intersections of Highway 61 and Highway 97 and construct roundabouts. When completed in summer 2016, the $10.1 million project will improve traffic flow and safety, as well as improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the area. For more information about the project, visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy61and97

For more information about roundabouts in Minnesota, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roundabouts/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.